Take a former Disney star and a serial killer and what do you get? If My Friend Dahmer is any indication, a killer true crime movie. Zac Efron is the latest good-boy-gone-bad as Ted Bundy, one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. And today, Netflix subscribers can witness Efron's chilling transformation: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is streaming now on Netflix.
Unlike My Friend Dahmer, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile takes place at the end of a killer’s reign. In the trailer below, Efron's Bundy is on trial–the real-life Bundy famously chose to represent himself rather than trust any lawyer with his case.
Elizabeth Kloepfer, who Bundy dated on-and-off from 1969 to the late 1970s, is played by Lily Collins. Although she doesn’t appear in the trailer, Carole Ann Boone, who married Bundy during his trial, is also in the film, played by Kaya Scodelario.
Bundy began killing women sometime in the early 70s, and killed at least 20 women before he was first arrested in 1975. He managed to escape police custody in 1977 and killed another six before being arrested once again. With both Kloepfer and Boone appearing in the film, the former having stayed by Bundy’s side during his first trial, and the latter having married Bundy during his second go-round, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile promises to touch upon the full span of Bundy’s killer career.
Despite a rather oddly comedic tone to its trailer, the film is helmed by seasoned true crime filmmaker Joseph Berlinger. Berlinger has primarily worked in true crime documentaries to date, most notably Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, and Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, which is also on Netflix.
But what of Efron's performance? From the trailer alone it's clear that Efron-as-Bundy oozes charm through the screen, even as the viewer is utterly repulsed, knowing just how shockingly evil his character truly is. Check out the trailer below to get a taste of Extremely Wicked..., then click through to Netflix to watch the entire film.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is streaming now on Netflix.
Featured still of 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile' via COTA Films